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Sir Terence RATTIGAN
The Collected Plays of Terence Rattigan, volumes 1 (1953) and 3 (1964) - the first inscribed to Vivien Leigh, his leading lady in The Sleeping Prince (printed in vol. 3)
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953. 2 vols, vol. 1 [French Without Tears, Flare Path, While the Sun Shines, Love in Idleness, The Winslow Boy] published 1953, the year The Sleeping Prince was first produced, vol. 3 [The Sleeping Prince, Separate Tables, Variations on a Theme, Ross, Heart to Heart] in 1964. Dustwrapper and endpapers of vol. 1 slightly spotted, dustwrapper of vol. 3 slightly frayed at head, both dustwrappers a little darkened at spine. Vol. 1 inscribed by the author to Vivien Leigh, star of The Sleeping Prince, "To Miss Mary Morgan, whose stage-name (to avoid confusion) is Elaine Dagenham with love, and in homage, from Al Fleischberg, Buddy Maxwell and Joe Zinc. Nov 13, 1953". The Sleeping Prince opened at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 November 1953, with Leigh as Mary ("Miss Mary Morgan, whose stage name (to avoid confusion) is Elaine Dagenham") and her husband Laurence Olivier as the Grand Duke Charles, Prince Regent of Carpathia; Olivier also directed. When Mary is asked by the Grand Duchess what show she is in, she answers ("in a small voice"), "The Coconut Girl". "Who is it by?" asks the Grand Duchess, doubtfully. Mary answers, "Al Fleischberg, Buddy Maxwell and Joe Zink." The Grand Duchess: "I do not think I know these authors." Mary: "They are American, Ma'am." The Grand Duchess: "American? Tiens? They have theatre in America too?" Ken Tynan, reviewing the play for the Daily Sketch, wrote acidly: "Once upon a time there was an actor called gruff Laurence Olivier, whose wife was an actress called pert Vivien Leigh, and a playwright called clever Terence Rattigan … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: James Fergusson Books & Manuscripts [London, United Kingdom]
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